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dc.contributor.authorCarter, Becky
dc.identifier.citationCarter, B. (2021). Strengthening gender equality in decision-making in Somaliland. K4D Helpdesk Report 947. Brighton, UK: Institute of Development Studies. DOI: 10.19088/K4D.2021.078en
dc.description.abstractThis rapid review searched for literature on how and why women continue to struggle in Somaliland to achieve formal political representation and to take on informal decision-making roles on local peace and political matters, from community to national levels. Women’s participation in peacebuilding and political decision-making in Somaliland is very limited. A key barrier is the clan system underpinning Somaliland’s political settlement. Entrenched and politicised, patriarchal clans exclude women (and other minority groups) from formal and customary leadership and decision-making roles. Other contributing factors are conservative religious attitudes and traditional gender norms. Structural inequalities – such as low levels of education, lack of funds, and high levels of violence towards women and girls – impede women’s participation. Some women are more disempowered than others, such as women from minority clans and internally displaced women. However, there is increasing disillusionment with clan politicisation and a growing recognition of women’s value. There are opportunities for framing gender equality in local cultural and religious terms and supporting grassroots activism.en
dc.description.sponsorshipFCDO (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)en
dc.publisherInstitute of Development Studiesen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesK4D Helpdesk Report;947
dc.subjectSecurity and Conflicten
dc.titleStrengthening Gender Equality in Decision-making in Somalilanden
dc.rights.holder© Crown copyright 2021en
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